AUSTIN (KXAN) - Despite the passing of legendary University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal, an auction of some of "Coach's" memorabilia will go on as planned.
The Austin Auction Gallery, on Anderson Mill Road, has hundreds of items up for auction, along with furniture and antiques from the owner of the Oasis restaurant in Austin.
There are 245 pieces of memorabilia with ties to Coach Royal -- the man known for his simplistic ways and folksy approach to life.
Everything from championship and bowl rings to pictures with presidents and signed footballs are on display.
And on the other side of the room are items for up for auction from Beau Theriot, the owner of the Oasis restaurant.
It's being dubbed "Two Distinct Collections, One Amazing Auction." This is a unique auction of items from two Austin icons.
One of the notable items up for auction from the Oasis collection is the sole painting that survived a 2005 fire at the restaurant.
And from the Royal family, a plethora of sports memorabilia, like championship rings from Royal's coaching years and from more recent titles in the current Mac Brown era, are up for auction.
Also, the program from the very first game the standout halfback played at Oklahoma and the program from his last game as a Sooner are part of the items.
Pictures with presidents and notes from astronauts also top the list.
"This merchandise that we have from Darrell Royal is a chronicle of his life," said Austin Auction Gallery owner Chris Featherston. "And that was the intention to begin with, and that intention hasn't changed. The family still would like to celebrate his life."
Featherston was working with the Royals for a few months gathering the items.
With Coach's passing Wednesday, Featherston said this now means even more to the family.
"This isn't how any of us imagined, or hoped, for this to happen," said Featherston. "But at this point, it would negatively affect the Royal family and the DKR Fund not to do this at all."
People can take a look at all of the items for the inspection period starting on Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Another inspection period is on Saturday from noon until 3 p.m. And finally, a third inspection is set for Sunday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.
The auction happens Sunday starting at 11 a.m.
Edith Royal created the fund earlier this year.
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